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success takes partnership and only through discipline and trust can we create something greater than ourselves. mufg, we build relationships that build the world. >> and now, bbc world news america. i'm laura trevelyan. lauarura: six police officers in baltimore charge with the death of freddie gray. >> i heard your calls for no justice. your peace is needed as i work to deliver justice for this young man. laura: six days after the earthquake, who are the missions delivering supplies by air? taking a walk through the whitney. the famed art museum has reopened in new york and you
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can't beat the view. welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. baltimore's top prosecutor announced top charges against six officers involved in the arrest of freddie gray, a black man who died in police custody. his death provoked violent protests earlier this week and president obama has called for the truth to be uncovered. the police union called this a rush to judgment. reporter: for so many , a cloud has been lifted. they have been demanding justice for freddie gray. given what has happened before in cases involving black men in the police in america, they did not expect this.
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>> the findings of our comprehensive, thorough, and independent investigation coupled with the medical examiner's determination that mr. gray's death was a homicide which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges. reporter: this is freddie gray screaming as he is dragged to a police van. he later died with a broken neck. the prosecutor says there were no grounds to detain him in the six officers face charges of assault, negligence, manslaughter, and murder. there is so much tension on the streets here since the death of freddie gray. it has been replaced with celebration. after so much despair, people here finally feeling sense of hope. >> that is all we wanted. >> it is a big relief. we have been oppressed for so long. it is not a black-white thing
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it is a police versus everybody thing. reporter: in jubilant mood, even two of the most notorious gang members get together saying the rivalry has been buried. >> this was an eye-opener. from now on, this right here is dead. reporter: while the police union insists the officers are innocent, as is still a huge moment. there is still a long way to go to resolve the issues around race and policing in america. laura: for more i spoke with major neil franklin, a former maryland state police officer who joined us from baltimore a short time ago. thank you for being with us. freddie gray's family said they are satisfied with the charges against the six police officers. what is your reaction to the charges? >> i think a lot of people are
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satisfied. we have heard from the fraternal order of police saying that this is a rush to judgment. there is no judgment, not yet. the police officers will get their day in court. what this is about is probable cause and having enough evidence to substantiate probable cause. we heard the city attorney read the statement of probable cause. there was clearly no probable cause for the arrest of mr. gray. the knife that was found on him after the chase in his pocket was a legal knife, but they proceeded to arrest mr. gray placing him into the van. it is their responsibility. they have been trained to seatbelt prisoners into the van. they have been trained to render aid when it is requested.
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they failed to do that. not once, but they had multiple opportunities to render aid and seatbelt mr. gray in the van. the neglect led to his untimely death. laura: how'd you think it will be possible to restore trust between the citizens and police of baltimore after this? >> i am concerned about this because the recent press conference that the attorney of the fraternal order of police had and the leader just had was calling for a special prosecutor. they were voicing their displeasure with the charges being placed against these officers by ms. mosby. their statements are divisive. their statements continue the culture of us versus them, meaning the police versus the citizens. they had an opportunity here.
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they had a great opportunity here to build a bridge. they had a great opportunity without sacrificing the case going forward for the six officers. they had a wonderful opportunity to come forward and say to the citizens we are going to reaffirm our oath of service to you. we are going to reaffirm our oath of office to protect and serve. they did not do that. laura: do you think the police wearing body cameras would do anything to restore trust? >> the body cameras are absolutely necessary, but the body cameras are there to record things that have already happened. by then it is too late. what this is about is setting a foundation for preventing things like this ever happening in the first place. in order to do that, you have to have good working relationships with the community. we are missing these opportunities on the side of police. laura: thank you very much for
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joining us. more than 200 people have been detained in mayday protests in the turkish city of istanbul. protesters were trying to defy a government ban of marching. the mayday rallies are the first major protests in turkey since the government passed a controversial lawgiving police powers to act against demonstrations. muslims from other countryies have been banned from spending the night in mosques. thousands of people have been taking shelter in mosques. in nepal, the government is struggling to cope almost a week after the devastating earthquake. as relief teams attempt to reach remote villages, there are appeals for more helicopters to be sent by foreign governments. we traveled with a rescue
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mission, flying supplies to one of the most remote areas. reporter: nepal is one of the most challenging places on earth to organize a relief operation. some of the worst-hit communities are also the most isolated. whole villages here in the foothills of the himalayas have been raised to the ground. we're circling to try to find a place to land. this is one of the first flights into this isolated mountain community. even helicopters struggled to operate in country like this. the pilot is not sure it is safe to bring the helicopter in. they don't actually want to land the helicopter. we have jumped out and they will throw out the medical supplies. they can't stand on ceremony as they unload. there is real need here. >> he says every house has been destroyed.
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a village of 400 people are now living on the sheets. reporter: logistics are not the only challenge. there is growing in anger about what is seen as government disorganization. no one told this is really relief team where they were needed. they headed out. >> i would prefer there would be a central command type of thing. we did not waste our time sitting around doing nothing in kathmandu and we pushed forward. reporter: there is no shortage of people who need their help. this man waited four days for help for his injured wife and then he carried her up the hill on his back. the government admits dealing with this tragedy is a challenge for nepal. >> this is a calamity of enormous proportions. enormous proportion for any country, especially for a country like nepal that is so limited in resources.
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reporter: all the while, more casualties are being brought in from shattered communities across the ball -- across nepal. laura: the quake also devastated the local sherpa community living in high altitude regions of himalaya. they are the ones who guide and support climbers around mount everest. this is their most profitable season. most of the mountain has been closed. we traveled to meet some of the sherpa's worst affected by the earthquake. reporter: the mountain that gives life can steal it away. one week since the earthquake and the sherpa community is morning instead. that morning it's dead. he was on everest last friday. he had been caught in an avalanche before. his family pleaded with him not
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to go. he leaves a wife and baby son alone. she says she is trying to be strong. when she sees his friend, it is too painful. this is what has become of her village and her neighbors. and now him whose house threatens to follow him at any time. no aid, no rescue missions, no miracles. this was the scene one week ago. two climbers on everest as the earthquake struck, unleashing a massive avalanche heading in their direction. benjamin brecon heimer and dennis broadwell. >> there is this huge wave of
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cloud coming down, maybe 200 or 300 feet high and it looked like the whole side of the mountain was racing at us. i put my head down and i thought that was it. all i really could do was think about my five and seven-year-old kids and that i would not see them again. reporter: this is where the avalanche struck. everest base camp. where the other sherpas and foreign climbers were killed. last year locals bore the brunt of casualties here and so it has been again. the process of trying to salvage the belongings of the mountaineers and sherpas who were injured here and those who died here is underway. the whole area is strewn with remnants of what was the metal part of base camp, as the avalanche pushed all of its people and lungs out of the way.
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six or seven foreigners died in the area. the precise number is not clear. we also understand that more than double the number of sherpas were killed here. the question now is what happened to their families and what protection is available for them. the sherpas understand the risks better than anyone. hoping foreigners climbed everest can lift them from poverty. they bear most of the load and take most of the risk in one of the most dangerous places on earth. a seasoned british climber told me these mountains are asleep, that they will wake and kill you. laura: i spoke with clive myrie. almost a week after this devastating earthquake. what does nepal's government do in the outside world? clyde: they made another urgent
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appeal for helicopters. a lot of the communities that have been cut off by the earthquake are very remote. they are in some areas were helicopters cannot land. they have to throw the aid out of the sides of the aircraft. it is difficult to get to a lot of these areas. helicopters will help stem some of the tide in dealing with this crisis. that is the particular thing. they also need basics like food and shelter and water. a lot of that had to be brought in. the roads are passable. the just thickly -- logistically, the country is not built for this big operation. there are not where or storage facilities. we were at the airport couple of days ago and they were erecting plastic warehouses which eating going over metal sides in order to house the aid that was being flown in.
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this is something like four or five days after the earthquake struck. the country logistically does not have the facilities to deal with such a huge crisis and does not really have the resources to feed and close and give water to a million people who the u.s. said needs urgent assistance. there are a range of problems. laura: thank you. 24,000 people are now living in kathmandu a week after the earthquake. you're watching bbc world news america. racing to provide america with high-speed rail. japan and china are going head-to-head. police in germany have canceled an international cycle race that
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was due to take place in frankfurt today because of fears of a terrorist attack. islamic extremists were arrested on wednesday after weapons were found in their apartment. jenny hill reports on what was found. jenny: this, police suspect, was the plan target of a major terror attack. the annual cycle raised the tracks -- cycle race attracts locals and foreigners from all of the world. there would have been thousands of spectators. >> i can understand the police's decision entirely and i am glad that someone made the decision not to take any risks because in that decision it is the right thing not to endanger human life. yes, i think it was absolutely the right decision. jenny: here is why police took
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that decision. when they raided this nearby apartment, they found a pipe bomb weapons, and chemicals used to make explosives. the men and women who live here have been under surveillance for weeks. they used fake id to buy leaders of a chemical used in bomb making. -- to buy liters of a chemical used in bomb making. the man linked to islamist extremists has been spotted in the area multiple times. was he part of a larger cell? >> we don't know, for example. is he married or alone? what role does the couple play? are there others involved? jenny: despite the race cancellation some cyclists took to the root anyway. a demonstration of the finds and a show of solidarity.
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laura: in california, one of the great global rivalries is playing out with japan and china vying to build america's first bullet train. shinzo abe is on the west coast today but the chinese premier is keen to see his country make tracks in america. reporter: speeding along in a japanese bullet train. the simulator is in san francisco to try to drum up business in the race to provide america's first high-speed rail link. a japanese trade delegation has come to california. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. reporter: alongside prime minister shinzo abe to sell japanese trains and technology. >> i think to stop a train in
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case of earthquake is really important. the state is looking for it. jeff and -- japanese have a record of of 50 years. reporter: china has been lobbying hard to win the contract. beijing's impressive rollout of high-speed rail has been accelerating and has been a huge success, barring one fatal accident. now they want to export. >> it is striking that california is the site for this next struggle between these economic titans, japan long-established and high-speed rail china, much more of the newer contender but has already spilled -- already built more high-speed rail than anyone else. reporter: linking los angeles and san francisco is the aim. safety is vital but so was
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providing financing for this huge project. something china and japan are well aware of. >> japan has a tremendous safety culture and great operational record. the chinese have shown they have the ability to mobilize and put this technology to work. we are a beneficiary of this competition and interest by these two nations and interest from other nations. reporter: this is where the first stretch of high-speed rail track is being laid, between bakersfield and fresno in california's agricultural central valley. it takes many hours to get from l.a. to san francisco. there is opposition to the room. trains are unpopular in america. down the line, maybe something more advances coming. the hyperloop uses tubes to go
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to or three times as fast as a bullet train. it is good for the competition. laura: who will get that contract, japan or china? how long until we get really high-speed rail on the east coast? back to new york, a famous art collection israel putting with a modern twist. the whitney museum turned to a renowned architect create a brand-new home for its vista of american art. reporter: american art is hard to define. that has always been the great challenge for the whitney museum. for the last three decades institutions have grappled with a more basic issue. a proper home to interpret its varied collection. the solution? this striking building by the famed architect renzo piano.
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it occupies a prime location in chelsea, the center of -- >> celebrating american art is about freedom. slightly wide, a bit uncompromising. reporter: the triumph is in the interior. there is a completely different rhythm walking through the whitney compared with former home in the boyer building. instead of a fortress for high art, there is a field. with double its former space the museum is able to showcase more of its permanent collection. signature works, as well as never before seen pieces. outdoor galleries call in the
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experience. >> you look at some sculpture and it was made -- he was looking at the hudson river. you have davis' culture, the hudson river on the other side, and you see this mechanical bronze sculpture against the forms of industry. it is quite a beautiful view. it enables you to see art in a way you have never seen it before. reporter: in a city with no shortage of galleries, the hope is this will become a must-c destination. laura: another attraction downtown. staying with the arts, there is a loss to report in the music world. the singer ben e king has died. he was the lead singer of the drifters and is best known for the song "stand by me." ♪ [s'tand by me"]
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>> ♪ when the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we'll see no, i won't be afraid oh i won't be afraid just as long as you stand stand by me so darling darling stand by me oh, stand by me oh stand stand by me ♪ laura: the unforgettable voice of singerben e king who died at the age of 76. that brings today's broadcasting to a close but you can find more information on the website. to reach me and the team, go to
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> to the people of baltimore and demonstrators nationwide, i have heard your calls for "no justice, no peace" >> woodruff: six police officers are charged in the death of freddie gray, now being called a homicide. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. also ahead: >> you can buy potato chips and cigarettes and soda, but no real food. >> woodruff: food deserts grow after rioters destroy baltimore stores and corner shops. hard-hit neighborhoods hunger for food and peace on the streets. >> i know there's a lot of attention here on freddie gray, but don't forget what we living.

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